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Boy oh boy, do we have some results for you this week. The two data points we were able to capture perfectly encapsulate the mindset of Green Bay Packers fans through 14 games. Let’s get into it.
What a rollercoaster of a season that 2023 has been. Starting with high hopes, off of the preseason performance of quarterback Jordan Love and a win over the Chicago Bears, it looked like the Packers were ready to compete for a playoff spot once again. Then came the stretch where the offense sputtered, leading to real questions about whether or not this offensive staff was going to be able to develop this young corps of pass-catchers.
Eventually, the offense settled, leading to two massive back-to-back wins against the Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs. Unfortunately, almost as soon as the offense was able to put together some more consistent play, the bottom fell out of the defense that was doing a fairly good job of keeping opposing offenses from scoring 25+ points in games.
A lot rides on the Packers’ upcoming game against the Carolina Panthers, including their last shred of hope for a postseason ticket. If Bryce Young takes down Green Bay on Sunday, I fully expect there to be some coaching changes this offseason and for fan confidence to hit an all-time low next week.
Speaking of coaching changes: 90 percent of Packers fans would rather lose out than win out if it meant moving on from defensive coordinator Joe Barry. For perspective, winning out would give Green Bay a 99 percent chance of making the playoffs, according to the New York Times’ playoff machine.
Packers fans weren’t even really rooting for a full-blown tank earlier in the season when the team had a terrible 2-5 record. Now, though, it seems like the majority will be willing to give up anything to make a change at defensive coordinator.
Go ahead and drop the (reasonable) name you’d most want to take over for Barry in the comment section down below. Earlier this week, we looked through all of the 2023 interview candidates from around the league who are still available to be hired as coordinators, as a starting point.
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